Chef Curtis Stone of Gwen - Biography

Los Angeles, CA

September 2017

Curtis Stone credits his mom and grandmother Maude for teaching him everything he knows about food and cooking. With a career as a chef, restaurateur, and television personality, he has a lot to thank them for. 

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, an 18-year-old Stone started out at the Savoy Hotel. Stone headed for London to sharpen his skills as a protégé to legendary Chef Marco Pierre White at Café Royal and Mirabelle before becoming head chef at Quo Vadis. In the years following, Stone made multiple television appearances, most memorably on TLC’s “Take Home Chef” and as host of the third season of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” 

Stone went out on his own in 2014, opening Maude in Beverly Hills. With a monthly set menu inspired by one seasonal ingredient, the restaurant quickly garnered rave reviews and numerable accolades: Eater L.A.’s “Restaurant of the Year,” L.A. Weekly’s “Best New Restaurant,” and a James Beard semifinalist nod for “Best New Restaurant.” In 2016, Stone and his brother Luke debuted Gwen (named for their other grandmother) in Hollywood. Meat-centric Gwen boasts an in-house butchery, and Eater L.A. named Stone “Chef of the Year.” When staffing both spots, Stone is revolutionizing who the industry hires, partnering with the Chrysalis organization to give second chances to persons who have battled homelessness, incarceration, and drug addiction.